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Stay Warm with 5 Winter Salad Recipes

What better way to achieve your New Year’s Resolutions than to jump on the salad train? Unfortunately, cold weather and dark days may have you craving pastas and comfort food rather than raw veggies. Salads may be super healthy, but they’re hardly comfort food – until now. Introducing the warm salad! These healthy dishes often feature sautéed, roasted or steamed veggies, hearty grains, and plenty of flavor. We’ve tracked down five warm winter salad recipes that are sure to keep you healthy, full and thawed all winter long. So instead of reaching for those oh-so-tempting hot comfort foods during the colder months, bookmark this page and whip up a recipe. Which will be your favorite?

Warm Spaghetti-Squash Salad

Whether you're making an effort to eat lighter this month or just want something a little different for dinner, you've got to try this spaghetti squash salad. It’s the perfect (and healthy) alternative to pasta, without the added calories! Powerful flavors from olives, almonds and feta make a perfect combination with the mild flavors of spaghetti squash in this lemony salad. Serve warm for a delightful starter or side dish.

Try the recipe here: Warm Spaghetti-Squash Salad

Superfood Salad with Black Rice, Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Cranberries, Goji Berries, Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds

The name really says it all for this one-bowl wonder. This recipe requires a bit of work (making rice, roasting sweet potatoes and butternut squash), but after all the ingredients are prepped it comes together pretty quickly. Plus, it's loaded with flavors from sweet to savory to salty to rich. Yum!

Try the recipe here: Superfood Salad

Warm Kale Power Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Oh, how we love kale! This warm kale salad is quick to prepare, super healthy and, of course, it tastes great! Blanch ribbons of kale and then mix them with sautéed shallots, cranberries, walnuts, and garlic. Serve it as a salad, as a side dish to chicken or salmon, or place it over a bed of quinoa for a vegetarian or vegan entree. It all works.

Try this recipe here: Warm Kale Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts

Quinoa-Black Bean Salad with Basil and Corn

When you want a dose of plant-based protein, this salad has you covered with 15 grams per serving. The two different proteins in this quinoa black bean salad make it a great post-workout meal. Plus, it’s incredibly filling and easy to whip up in only 15 minutes!

Try this recipe here: Quinoa-Black Bean Salad

Warm Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

Wake up your taste buds with this mouthwatering beet and orange salad recipe. Loaded with beets, blood oranges, squash, parsley and basil, this warm salad is a gorgeous combination on a plate and in your mouth. The flavors are better the longer they sit, so make a bunch to last for the week. We bet you won’t be disappointed!

Try this recipe here: Roasted Beet and Orange Salad

Which warm salad recipe will you try this winter? Let us know below! 

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